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    Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
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    πŸ“ building Katie
    3 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi, After speaking to Dave769 yesterday i have partly sorted my out of shape Hull at least the Hull measurements are very close to what they need to be using two straps to hold in place. I am still waiting for deck support timber to stiffen the hull once glued into place but assured it will be here on Monday, I have also increased the size of the hole in the rear of the Hull for the prop shaft to go through because i am fitting a 40 mm prop instead of the 35mm which was to small. One or two pictures for now but more next week.
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    3 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Dave, I have roughened the top two to three inches or so and clean all the inside with the Iso fluid you advised me to use, I liked your blog on the ballast external cast very interesting.
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    3 days ago by dave976 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Should work out OK. Once the deck stringers and deck beams are glued in place and set hard the hull should remain stable.
    You do need to roughen the hull where you glue the stringers and beams. The manufacturing process will have left a waxy covering to the fibreglass and nothing will stick if you don't.
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    πŸ“ Building katie
    5 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Have made a bit of a boo boo on the Deck Beams i measured the beams from the plan and as Dave pointed out the measurements are not always correct and they are not, never mind i am probably not be the first but i am learning by mistakes i make, but not all are wasted i can use the longer ones recut them for shorter ones.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building katie
    5 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi, Thanks for your comments, Just a little angry yesterday that i did not measure both the plan and the Hull, don't take anything for granted in the future. Crack on today.

    Cheers Jon
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    5 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin, Yes i was a bit angry with myself yesterday but all is not lost i will get going on the build this afternoon and will get more photo's on here as i go.

    Cheers Jon
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building katie
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    All part of the fun Muskrat.
    We have been there and unfortunately due to the kit manufacturers most of us tend to fall into the same trap.

    Don't let it put you off.
    Keep going.
    A few photos of you progress would be nice to see.

    Martin555.
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    5 days ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    All is not lost. We do learn from our boo boos. Being able to use some of them is is good thing. Every step in this build will have ups and downs. The satisfaction will be that you built her and they are your fixes only you know what they are.
    Rick
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    πŸ“ Building Katie
    6 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi I have cut and shaped all the Deck beams now and also cut the hole in the stern for the propshaft etc. so tomorrow i will start with the motor mount and filling that hole back up. Back soon.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie
    6 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Dave, yes it does show a deck rail and below it I have got to cut the side of the Hull out to let the deck wash out, that will be fun?.

    Regards

    Jon
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    6 days ago by dave976 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Progressing well, Jon.
    Does the plan not show a deck rail all round the inside of the hull?
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    πŸ“ Building Katie
    8 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Folks I have not give in yet but i been cutting all the deck beams once i get then all to size and cleaned up i will start fitting them and take some more photo's, i am still waiting on delivery of building timber and fitting etc. Back soon Jon
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    πŸ“ building Katie
    13 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just a quick update i have finished building the build stand for Katie today, tomorrow i start on the hull to make it ready for the radio gear and motor etc which should be here on Friday. Hopefully a friend of mine should be dropping of some lead so i will be able to chop it up and fill the keel area but i am going to make and a external bolt on weight that i can take off when on show.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    11 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Bill My workshop is actually my Dads garage i am his carer, I turned it into a wood workshop only a little while ago following from my Dad who was a cabinet maker before he got ill, i keep it clean because my dads workshop was always clean and tidy so i probably take after him,
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Jon.
    Looking good.
    A sturdy build base is a must always.
    On a separate note.I wish my workshop was as tidy as yoursπŸ‘.
    Note to self,must tidy up bench.
    Well done.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    12 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Nerys thanks for the info i will have a look and see if i can find it. If not i will have a go at making one myself.

    regards Jon
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    12 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jon, sorry, not that I know of. I can buy fibreglass bulb keels to fit my bigger Thames Barges, but they would not fit a pilot cutter. For my smaller barges I make what is essentially a shallow box about 3" wide, 10" long and about 1/2" thick. A 6mm threaded rod goes through the top for bolting to the hull. Make the box but do not fit the front. Fill with either sheet lead or lead fishing ballast, put side on glued and screwed. The leading and trailing edge can be rounded off. I have used brass sheet or ply for the front and back, depends how much weight you want. Probably would look ugly on a pilot cutter, but it works. Hope you can understand what I mean.
    As I use this it is a fin keel,but there is no reason why you could not adapt it to fit along the long keel of your boat. As an afterthought, Mistyoptic made an extension weighted keel much the same idea as this for a small sailing boat he built in the Dutch style recently. Find the posts on that, he did do some photos, they were in Build Blogs under Dutch Auxiliary

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    13 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Nerys is there anyone in the community they could make me one or are there any plans for one that you know of.

    Regards

    Jon
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    13 days ago by dave976 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Looks like a nice strong stand, just what is required
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    13 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looks a nice shape hull. I think you are wise to plan an external bolt on keel.

    Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    13 days ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Progress JonπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ way to go.
    Rick
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    πŸ“ building Katie
    17 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    You have been asking for a picture of the Hull Etc so i have taken a couple and i have started to build a stand for the Hull to start work on it. I will put more on the build as i go.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    17 days ago by dave976 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Good luck Jon, looks to be a nice clean hull and good plan details.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    17 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    No time like the present, I thought I would make a workstand for a start.

    Cheers Jon.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: building Katie
    17 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice looking Hull Jon.

    Great to see you have made a start.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Everyone my Hull and plans arrived Today so as soon i have looked over the plans and sorted what i need to do to get started the Blog will begin.

    Cheers
    Jon
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Best of luck Jon. Looking forward to this one.
    If you can, a few pictures of the kit with something against the hull to give a size perspective would be great,
    Thanks. Peter.😊
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Jon.
    I’m sure you do.We all do when we scratch our head and think what have I let myself in for.
    We are all here to help in any way.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Martin looking forward getting started.

    Jon.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Bill I am sure I will be ok when I start
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by Muskrat ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I do hope so Bill but I do feel a bit daunted at the moment.

    Cheers Jon
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Evening Jon.
    This should be a good build.
    Looking forward to it.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking forward to this Muskrat.
    Good luck with the build.
    I hope all runs smoothly.

    Martin555.
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